The Navy is taking the logical position that a tweet is not an official order.
It should be interesting to see if Trump actually issues an order overriding the military’s actions.
Trump says we train men to be killing machines, so when they kill we should not punish them. Of course that goes against the whole concept of military discipline. We are no longer raising armies that allow rape and pillage as part of the benefit package. Nor do we permit atrocities such as My Lai.
We have strict codes of conduct regarding non-combatants and POW’s regardless of what the enemy does.
Aside from combat, what would be the defense for a returning SEAL who kills someone in a bar fight? We trained him to kill so go easy? PTSD is not a defense for breaking the law. This case is not that much different since it deals with a man who crossed the line of established discipline which the military decided was too far no matter the circumstances.
Trump may be Commander in Chief, but it is not “his” army.